Scholarships & Awards

The AGC of Michigan is proud to recognize the outstanding performance of it's members in safety, education, training, innovation, partnering, and the work of the entire project team.

Apprentices of the Year 2014

Apprentices of the Year 2014

The "Apprentice of the Year" award is given to the top apprentice bricklayer, carpenter and operating engineer in the state. In addition to an award, the apprentices receive a cash award of $1,000 each. This award is co-sponsored by the AGC of Michigan, BAC Local 2, Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund and the Operating Engineers Local 324 Apprenticeship & Training Fund. Recipients of this award must demonstrate superior achievement in the following areas: Attendance and punctuality on the job, outstanding craft mastery and productivity, leadership skills and teamwork, safety awareness, spirit of competitiveness, commitment to their craft, employer and the construction community. The awards are presented at the AGC of Michigan's Annual Meeting (mid February).

Cornerstone Award for Training Excellence

The Cornerstone Award was created to award companies that have demonstrated outstanding records for advancing the quality of their employees through training. The Award recognizes two companies – a Regular Contractor member and a Specialty Contractor member. Winners of the Cornerstone Award receive an attractive trophy suitable for display and the winning companies’ outstanding training programs will be featured in the Michigan Constructor magazine with a circulation of more than 3,800 industry representatives in Michigan. The marketing possibilities from achieving this prestigious award are numerous.

Keystone Award for Education Excellence

The Keystone Award for Education Excellence honors exceptional and innovative professional development programs for construction supervisors, managers and executives. Programs considered offer education to construction site foreman, supervisors, superintendents, project engineers, project managers and/or other construction executives. Applicants must demonstrate how their program enhanced performance, improved productivity, increased professionalism, and/or contributed to company-wide and/or job site success. Program feedback and/or commentary from those completing your program could help distinguish nominations.

Michigan Outstanding Safety Performance Award

Winners of the safety awards are determined by comparing the injury incident rate of each company. The injury incident rate is based on the the number of injury cases a firm experiences during the award year, as it relates to the total amount of work hours generated. Awards are broken into two categories, General Contractor and Speciality Contractor, which are divided into divisions based on the total work hours.


2019 Bricklayer Apprentice of the Year

Travis Buda

Travis won Davenport Masonry’s Rising Star Award for demonstrating excellence in workmanship and production. Both his employer and his union say Travis assists his teammates by encouragement and coaching them to improve their skills.

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Travis Buda


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Neil Spencer

2019 Carpenter Apprentice of the Year

Neil Spencer

Neil is well known for not accepting sub-par work in the field. Neil received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management while completing his apprenticeship, demonstrating his ambition to achieve professionalism in his trade.


2019 Iron Worker Apprentice of the Year

Nickolas Serra

Nick pursues challenges, accepts responsibility, leads with courage and seeks superior value in his work. He is determined to continue honing his skills and, as a result, has become an invaluable member of whatever crew he works with.

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Nickolas Serra


Shandra Dunn

2019 Laborer Apprentice of the Year

Shandra Dunn

Shandra has been an incredible, positive example to other apprentices, women and minorities working in construction. She also serves as a mentor to re-entering citizens hoping to get a new start. Shandra is the recipient of the 2019 MASCI Excellence in Apprenticeship Award as well.



2019 Operating Engineer Apprentice of the Year

Elizabeth Kavanagh

Elizabeth goes out of her way to encourage others to pursue careers in the skilled trades. She takes the time to learn specialty skills that make her uniquely valuable. Elizabeth has an infectious positive attitude and joyful personality that makes her an asset in any setting.

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Elizabeth Kavanagh